On June 3, Lehigh Valley Community Benefit will be holding its second annual Sommer Fest bike ride and benefit. The event, rain or shine, will honor the life and memory of Joe Sommer Jr., who was tragically murdered in a senseless act of violence last year.
Lehigh Valley Community Benefit has been supporting Lehigh Valley families affected by tragedies since 2010. The group also donates to first responders, veterans organizations, animal shelters and other nonprofit charities — with a focus on “paying it forward.”
Solicitor Jackson Eaton reported to Hanover Township Council at its meeting May 3 that a recent ruling by Pennsylvania courts took cell towers out of the utility category. The township was looking for changes in its zoning laws to restrict cell towers.
“Before the ruling, there was a possibility that cell towers could be put anywhere because they had priority,” Eaton said. “With the new ruling, we might be better able to control where they go using the existing regulations.”
Catasauqua celebrated its 18th year as a Tree City with a celebration April 22.
Robert Bastion, chairman of Catasauqua Shade Tree Commission, opened the ceremonies with an invocation from the Rev. George Spieker. Mayor Barbara Schlegel proclaimed April 22 as Arbor Day in Catasauqua.
This year’s ceremony included several trees dedicated by residents in memory of loved ones. Eugene Schlegel, vice chairman of the commission, introduced each dedication, adding reminiscences.
Jessica Kroope and Ava Baraket dedicated a tree to Christopher Baraket, who passed away last year.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
At the April 24 workshop meeting of Catasauqua Borough Council, Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported on the bid opening for the borough’s 2017 curb cut program.
“The low bidder was Barker and Barker with a bid of $78,000,” he said. “That is higher than our allocated cost of $43,000.”
Goldfeder will review the bid to see if there are any anomalies. The funds for the project come from the county’s Community Development Block Grant money. According to Goldfeder, there may be an option to increase the borough’s share of the county’s funds.
This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Local members of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will Stamp Out Hunger May 13 and collect nonperishable food donations along their regular postal routes and deliver them to Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania and its network of member agencies. Food then will be distributed to the families who need it most.